I was first fascinated by the story of Michael Angelo when I was only about 10years old and the idea that the sculpture could be hidden in the stone.
In my 30’s I started to explore life drawing classes with teachers inspired by the visionary artist Cecil Collins which gave ways to ‘let go’ and allow something beyond your day-to-day self to be expressed in drawing.
I then learnt about feeling and form through work in clay and eventually I discovered stone sculpture at the Portland Quarry and Sculpture Trust on Portland. Here you can sculpt in a disused quarry surrounded by limestone you are carving. I found that stone resonated with me very deeply. It took me to contact a different dimension, something more endless and I felt I would never run out of things to say in stone.
AfricArt here in Brighton in the Open houses festival allowed me to work with Zimbabwean sculptorsThey work direct into and inspired by the stone and this fits with the direct experience of the stone which inspires me.
Stone sculpting is a slow process for me because of working in this way and finding out where to go as I go. Each piece is therefore original and unrepeatable as they evolve out of the time they are being worked on and this doesn’t repeat itself…as far as we know!
I work with Portland stone and various types of Zimbabwean stone.
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